Sunday, March 22, 2020

1981 Topps Mickey Klutts

The front: Not a typical picture for this set, featuring Klutts in the on-deck circle with lots of fans behind him.

The back: There were three co-winners for the 1976 International League MVP – Klutts, Rich Dauer (Orioles) and Joe Lis (Indians).

The player: Injuries prevented Klutts from reaching the potential indicated by the minor league MVP awards. In eight major league seasons he spent more time on the disabled list than the active roster. Overall, in 199 games for the Yankees, A’s and Blue Jays he hit .241 with 14 HR and 59 RBI.

The man: A favorite of Billy Martin for his scrappy demeantor, Klutts has done a few interviews and appearances from his playing days but it is not clear what he has done since retirement.

My collection: I have 12 of his cards, from 1977 to 1983. I would be interested in trading for 1992 The Wiz Yankees #93.

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